Junior Archaeological Experiences

Come join ARI archaeologists and explore our local past and learn about archaeology! May through October, you can come out to our local archaeological heritage site and help with excavation and exploration into past cultures. If you’re more interested in an indoor experience, we offer laboratory and experimental archaeology experiences year-round. All junior experiences are open to youth ages 5-11 to help them define what archaeologists do, represent Native Americans as people with a past, and practice stewardship of our historical sites and natural resources.

  • Junior Field Archaeology
  • Junior Lab Archaeology
  • Junior Experimental Archaeology

Junior Field Archaeology

Youth ages 5-11 can enjoy their own excavation at the archaeological site. The experience is tailored so that it will be exciting and rewarding to them.  They learn the same techniques that archaeologists use at the Guard Site with visitors and volunteers (excavation, screening, artifact analysis). This is all done in a setting that was created to encourage learning for both young and older junior archaeologists. The junior experience includes the River of Time presentation, simulated dig experience, sifting, and mapping. 

How to Prepare:

Wear hiking clothes that can get dirty. Bring plenty of water & snacks. Sunscreen, hats, bug spray, sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. 

Pricing

$5 Suggested Donation

When:

May- October
Wednesdays & Saturdays
10am & 2pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN

Age Requirement:

5 – 11

Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)

Length:

1-2 Hours

Junior Lab Archaeology

Youth ages 5-11 can experience the work that archaeologists do in the lab. They will begin their experience with a series of fun activities giving background knowledge to archaeology and the Guard Archaeological Site. These activities are a magnetometry activity, a unit mockup to teach context, and a mapping activity. In the second part of the experience, students will get to learn about and contribute to real archaeological analysis by touring an archaeological lab, talking to archaeologists performing research, and washing artifacts. They’ll be working with real archaeological materials that are around 1,000 years old!  

How to Prepare:

Clothes that are able to get dirty.  

Pricing

$5 Suggested Donation

When:

Wednesdays & Saturdays
10am & 2pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN

Age Requirement:

5 – 11

Activity Level:

Easy – standing and walking on fairly level ground

Length:

1-2 Hours

Junior Experimental Archaeology

Join ARI for a fully guided hands-on experimental archaeological experience at our excavation site or Base Camp in Lawrenceburg, IN. Your experience starts at the ARI Base Camp where a staff member will give you an introduction to archaeology and some back information on the organization before you begin. 

Activities vary by season and day. During your experience you will recreate or use a reconstructed artifact. Reconstructions are used to discover how they were made but also how they might have been used. It is hard to prove exactly how an atlatl was supposed to be thrown or how exactly to knap a knife but it is quite easy to tell when you are doing it wrong! Activities vary but include atlatl throwing, archery, crafts, bipolar reduction, flint knapping, gardening, lab activities, pottery, copperworking, elm bark basket making and more. 

How to Prepare:

Wear hiking clothes that can get dirty. Bring plenty of water & snacks. Sunscreen, hats, bug spray, sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

Pricing

$15 Suggested Donation

When:

Wednesdays & Saturdays
10am & 2pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN

Age Requirement:

5 – 11

Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)

Length:

1-2 Hours

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT:

The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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